Los Angeles Times Festival of Books ~ April 21 & 22, 2018

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2018 takes place Saturday, April  21 to Sunday, April 22 and Pen & Paper Writing Workshops will be there. If you live in the SoCal region and will be attending the festival, please come by and see us. We are booth #065. We will all be there: myself, C. Gregory Thompson, founder and fiction instructor, Sara Marchant, nonfiction instructor, and Senta Scarborough, screenwriting instructor. Cheryl Pappas, fiction instructor, will be with us in spirit.


Contests & Drawings, Oh My!

We plan to hold several contests and drawings. The prizes will be an 8-week class of your choice for all first place winners and our fun merchandise for 2nd and 3rd place winners. So, start working on that killer first sentence for a short story or novel (fiction), write that attention-grabbing introductory sentence for an essay or personal memoir (nonfiction), or that stellar logline for a screenplay or TV pilot (screenwriting). We will judge 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category.

We will also have available our writing and reading-related merchandise: hats, t-shirts, coffee mugs and totes.

See you in April on the USC Campus.


C. Gregory Thompson

C. Gregory Thompson, a Pushcart Prize nominee, lives in Los Angeles, California where he writes fiction, nonfiction, plays, and memoir. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Storgy Magazine, Writers Resist, Five:2:One, Cowboy Jamboree, Full Grown People, The Offbeat, Printers Row Journal, Reunion: The Dallas Review. Four of his short stories were included in the 2017 New Short Fiction Series. He was named a finalist in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s 2015 Fiction Contest. His short play Cherry won two playwriting awards. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert. He also has a BFA in Film & Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His coursework, while he attended NYU, included film and television production as well as multiple screenwriting courses. He also wrote and directed the awarding-winning student film “Elysian Fields.” While working in the entertainment business, he wrote many screenplays. He recently left a longtime career in the film business as an awards consultant to Hollywood studios and is now a full-time writer and writing instructor. He is the founder of Pen & Paper Writing Workshops. He lives in Glendale, California with his partner. They have no children, and no dogs, cats, chickens, horses, goats or geese. Follow C. Gregory on Twitter @cgregthompson and on Instagram @cgregorythompson.